A smooth synthesis of Louisianan flavors and hearty Italian influences, Nawlins’ soul-stirring menu of home-cooked Cajun and creole-Italian cuisine culls many of its robust flavors from fresh, organic ingredients harvested by locally sourced producers. Kick-start communal feasts over an appetizer such as a spread of creole calamari, crowned with crumbled goat cheese and fiery house-made marinara, or a dish of fried alligator, served with a piquant dipping sauce ladled from the Everglades’ subterranean spice pools. With palates primed, diners can peruse the entree menu’s traditional creole dishes, including whole shrimp slathered in a rich Worcestershire-wine-butter sauce. Those pining for seafood can order Nawlins' gumbo, a maritime mélange of crawfish, shrimp, crab, and veggies. Unsheathe steak knives when tackling 12–14 ounces of blackened rib eye, or use your hands to snatch one of the restaurant's po boy sandwiches, jam-packed with fried oysters, italian meatballs, and crab cake. Diners finish with Hurricane cocktails from Nawlins’ full-service bar, a fruity rum concoction ideal for toasting to an upcoming vacation to northern Quebec.
Surrounded by rustic brick walls, the guests at MillTown Arms Tavern raise frosty pints in celebration of their favorite teams' triumphs. Flat-screen televisions flicker with the evening's games, and dartboards aid guests in deciding who pays the tab or who is slightly lopsided. The patio seating gives diners an infusion of vitamin D as they enjoy a full menu of pub-style grub, including fish 'n' chips, enchiladas, hot dogs, and caprese salads.
Situated behind a charmingly rusty edifice, Carroll St. Café provides hearty rustic fare in a comfortable environment. Settle down at a glossy tabletop and peruse the extensive menu options for breakfasty brunch, tasty sandwiches, tapas, entrees, and more. Get your morning off to a fresh Flemish start with a Belgian waffle ($11) topped with fruit and served with scrambled eggs and your choice of bacon or sausage (pork, chicken, or soy), or hurtle yourself ahead to a plate of blackened shrimp and grits ($10). Herbivores might enjoy the veggie wrap ($7), a flour tortilla stuffed with guacamole, pico de gallo, roasted red peppers, and mixed greens, and hunger-havers at the other end of the meat spectrum can delve into the filet mignon ($24), 8 ounces of grilled meat in a house demi-glaze, paired with veggies and a potato of the day.
Grainy wood surfaces mingle with clean brushed metals at Condesa Coffee, forming a warmly urban setting in which steamy drinks can confidently let their direct-trade aromas out to play. Highly trained baristas fill cups with Intelligentsia-roasted espresso and coffee drinks, whose beans are grown by individual farmers throughout the world, roasted in Chicago, and raised to always eat their spinach. Lattes ($3.50–$4; $0.50/flavor shot) and macchiatos ($3) mix steamed milk with Intelligentsia's Black Cat espresso—a blend of single-origin beans—and even classic cups of joe get special attention as baristas utilize a manual pour-over method to reap the best flavors ($3–$3.75). Tea is also available to claim manifest destiny over mugs, with options such as the Blend 333 tea ($2.75), which unleashes waves of peppermint, chamomile, and rose hips as patrons enjoy views of the Atlanta skyline. Customers may use up to two punches per visit, and additional shots of espresso are an extra cost.
The moonshine is always flowing at P'cheen. Bartenders at this local bistro create seasonal cocktails from a selection of 10 or more moonshines, with flavors that include cherry, apple pie, and black tea. They also serve a full list of classic cocktails, such as the speakeasy old fashioned—a mix of bourbon, angostura + orange bitters—and craft beers. In the kitchen, chef Alex prepares a menu of international fusion dishes that complement the throwback libations. His specialties change with the season, since he sources many of his ingredients locally, but may include gazpacho made with local veggies, Guinness-battered fish and chips, and braised short ribs. Brunch is a favorite among regulars, with bottomless mimosas and a good mix of breakfast and lunch foods.